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Sony has shipped a dizzying 67.5 million PlayStation 4 consoles as of 30th September, the manufacturer’s latest financial results reveal. The organisation moved an impressive 4.2 million units in the quarter spanning 1st July to 30th September, meaning that it’s once again up year-over-year. That has prompted the platform holder to increase the console's annual forecast to 19 million, meaning that it expects the system to have shipped somewhere in the region of 79 million units by 31st March.

To put this into perspective, it took the PlayStation 3 around seven years to ship 80 million units, and the PS4 is on track to do the same in just over four. This is all without the system reaching that all-important $199 price tag – although it looks like it’s about to on Black Friday in the United States.

But it’s not just the hardware that’s performing well: gaming revenue’s up 35.4 per cent year-over-year in Q2 2017, which the platform holder attributes to an increase in software sales through the PlayStation Store – it’s clear that more and more people are purchasing games digitally these days, which is helping to bloat the manufacturer’s bank balance.